COPENHAGEN (Oct. 26)
The Jewish community here is fighting back an assault by an animal rights group on the practice of kosher slaughter.
Religious requirements prohibit acquiescence to a demand that animals be stunned before ritual slaughter, or shechitah, as it is called in Hebrew. The demand was put forward by the Danish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
A similar battle is being fought by the Jewish community in Australia along the lines of a scenario played out in recent years in several European countries.
Jews in Sweden lost their bid for kosher meat but won a battle to continue kosher slaughter of fowl.
In Britain, the practice of shechitah was retained after a protracted battle over the type and position of pens in which animals are slaughtered under laws of kashrut.